Posts by vgrubinger

Changing the Climate Change Conversation

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012

  If I go to one more meeting about climate change where the audience is lectured about how urgent, enormous and unprecedented the challenge before us is, I am going to scream. That’s because these meetings are largely attended by people who already understand that the climate is changing, are deeply concerned about it, and are taking some action. We come to these meetings seeking information about how to be more effective in promoting climate change adaptation and mitigation. We want to be inspired to work together to build more resilient communities in the face of uncertainty. But...

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Resilience and Sustainability in the Food System

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012

Resilience and sustainability are complementary, essential attributes of a healthy food system. One addresses relatively short-term responses to disturbances and the other addresses holistic management for long term stability. There’s no bright line between these two concepts but they aren’t the same. For example, resilience is the ability to bounce back quickly from an extreme weather event by re-establishing food production and distribution, hopefully with improvements so that such events will do less harm in the future, while sustainability is the long term challenge to slow the rate...

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